Slave Lake RCMP arrest male for pointing a firearm; “began yelling at him before discharging a firearm into the ground”

Slave Lake, Alberta – On Oct. 29, 2022, at 10:04 a.m., Slave Lake RCMP responded to a report of a firearm being discharged at a person on a rural highway in the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River (MD124).

Slave Lake RCMP met with the victim who advised the incident occurred the day before at approximately 4:00 p.m. The victim was in the area looking at something for sale. The male suspect approached and began yelling at him before discharging a firearm into the ground and then pointing the firearm near the victims face. The suspect told the victim if he returned, he would be shot in the face. The victim was eventually allowed to leave unharmed.

Pointing a Firearm
Pointing a Firearm (File Photo)

Slave Lake RCMP attended the suspects residence and located what appeared to be a prohibited firearm in plain view inside a residence. The area was secured and the General Investigation Section of the Slave Lake RCMP obtained a judicial authorization to search the residence. The firearm and other items were seized and as a result of the search.

Richard Cairns (68), a resident of MD124, was charged with the following:

Pointing a firearm

Uttering threats against a person

Careless use of a firearm

Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Discharge a firearm while being reckless

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Richard Cairns was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Slave Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 11, 2023.

“We are committed to decreasing rural crime in our Municipal District.” says, Sgt. Casey Bruyns, Acting Detachment Commander of the Slave Lake RCMP “Slave Lake RCMP want to remind residents of Slave Lake and MD124 that reports play an important role in our investigations. They tell us where to look, who to look for and where to patrol in the future so to report any suspicious activity so it can be investigated by detachment members.”

The Slave Lake RCMP continues to investigate this matter. If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Slave Lake RCMP

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